Following the recent announcement that Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber’s Alexandra Dock development has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Transport Award (NTA), it’s been revealed that the company’s biomass operations on the Humber have been shortlisted for three International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards.
ABP was also named Business of the Year at the recent Rail Freight Group awards as the company’s record for innovation lands the Humber region yet more industry plaudits.
The IBJ awards recognise outstanding achievement in the maritime bulk industry and ABP is the only company in the world to have all of its multiple entries shortlisted for IBJ Awards. The awards attract entries from businesses across the globe.
ham Renewable Fuels Terminal, the world’s biggest dedicated biomass handling facility, and its sister terminal in Hull have been shortlisted in the categories Best Specialist Dry Bulk Port or Terminal, Cargo Handling and Bulk Logistics Excellence. Together the terminals will handle up to six million tonnes of biomass each year for Drax.
Other categories include the Award for Safety in Bulk Handling, Bulk Ships Agent Award, The People Development Award and Bulk Ship of the Year. The awards have attracted entries from as far afield as Canada, USA, Japan, Bermuda, UAE and Australia.
ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole, Mark Frith said: “It’s enormously gratifying to see our projects shortlisted for yet more, very prestigious, industry awards. It’s testament to the hard work of ABP staff, our contractors and of course our customer Drax, that the delivery and operation of these particular facilities has attracted such high-profile recognition, and it’s very well deserved.
“We’re very much looking forward to the awards evening and despite facing some stiff competition, we’ll all be hoping for a positive outcome on the night.”
Mike Sellers, ABP Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham said: “We take enormous pride in the work we do and for those efforts to be recognised by IBJ is fantastic. We’ve worked incredibly hard to establish both terminals and these accolades are very much deserved.
“The Humber ports are suffering the downturn in coal imports and given recent announcements to close power stations we are having to make difficult decisions. It is encouraging to know that the ports’ move towards renewable energy is being recognised and we will keep our fingers crossed for success on the day.”